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Unless ye fast from the world, ye shall not find the Sovereignty; unless ye keep the entire week as Sabbath, ye shall not behold the Father. ~ Thomas

Sabbath or a sabbath is generally a weekly day of rest and/or time of worship that is observed in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Many viewpoints and definitions have arisen over the millennia. The term has been used to describe a similar weekly observance in any of several other traditions; the new moon; any of seven annual festivals in Judaism and some Christian traditions; any of eight annual festivals in Wicca (usually "sabbat"); an annual secular holiday; and a year of rest in religious or secular usage, originally every seventh year.


  • But the child who is born on the Sabbath day
    Is fair and wise and good in every way.
    • "Monday's Child," first recorded in A. E. Bray's Traditions of Devonshire vol. II (1838), pp. 287–288).
  • Thou art my single day, God lends to leaven
    What were all earth else, with a feel of heaven.
  • 'The Christian Sabbath' is not in the Scripture, and was not by the primitive church called the Sabbath.
  • The Sabbath, as now recognized and enforced, is one of the main pillars of Priestcraft and Superstition, and the stronghold of a merely ceremonial Religion.
  • Reason and sense demand the acceptance of one or the other of these alternatives: either Protestantism and the keeping holy of Saturday, or Catholicity and the keeping holy of Sunday. Compromise is impossible.
    • Cardinal James Gibbons, The Catholic Mirror (December 23, 1893).
  • You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.
    • Cardinal James Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 edition), p. 72-73 (16th Edition, p 111; 88th Edition, p. 89).
  • So sang they, and the empyrean rung
    With Hallelujahs. Thus was Sabbath kept.
  • See Christians, Jews, one heavy sabbath keep,
    And all the western world believe and sleep.
  • E'en Sunday shines no Sabbath day to me.
    • Alexander Pope, Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot (1734), Prologue to the Satires, line 12.
  • Unless ye fast from the world, ye shall not find the Sovereignty; unless ye keep the entire week as Sabbath, ye shall not behold the Father.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 689.
  • On Sundays, at the matin-chime,
    The Alpine peasants, two and three,
    Climb up here to pray;
    Burghers and dames, at summer's prime,
    Ride out to church from Chamberry,
    Dight with mantles gay,
    But else it is a lonely time
    Round the Church of Brou.
  • Of all the days that's in the week,
    I dearly love but one day,
    And that's the day that comes betwixt
    A Saturday and Monday.
  • How still the morning of the hallow'd day!
    Mute is the voice of rural labour, hush'd
    The ploughboy's whistle, and the milkmaid's song.
  • Gently on tiptoe Sunday creeps,
    Cheerfully from the stars he peeps,
    Mortals are all asleep below,
    None in the village hears him go;
    E'en chanticleer keeps very still,
    For Sunday whispered, 'twas his will.
  • Sundaies observe: think when the bells do chime,
    'Tis angel's musick; therefore come not late.
  • The Sundaies of man's life,
    Thredded together on time's string,
    Make bracelets to adorn the wife
    Of the eternal, glorious King.
    On Sunday heaven's gates stand ope;
    Blessings are plentiful and rife.
    More plentiful than hope.
  • Now, really, this appears the common case
    Of putting too much Sabbath into Sunday—
    But what is your opinion, Mrs. Grundy?
  • O day of rest! How beautiful, how fair,
    How welcome to the weary and the old!
    Day of the Lord! and truce to earthly care!
    Day of the Lord, as all our days should be.
  • The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.
  • For, bless the gude mon, gin he had his ain way,
    He'd na let a cat on the Sabbath say "mew;"
    Nae birdie maun whistle, nae lambie maun play,
    An' Phœbus himsel' could na travel that day,
    As he'd find a new Joshua in Andie Agnew.
  • The sabbaths of Eternity,
    One sabbath deep and wide.

Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)[edit]

Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).
  • There are many persons who think Sunday is a sponge with which to wipe out the sins of the week.
  • There is a Sunday conscience as well as a Sunday coat; and those who make religion a secondary concern put the coat and conscience carefully by to put on only once a week.
  • I have, by long and sound experience, found that the due observance of the Sabbath day, and of the duties of it, have been of singular comfort and advantage to me. The observance of the day hath ever had joined to it, a blessing upon the rest of my time; and the week that hath so begun hath been blessed and prosperous to me.
  • Nothing draws along with it such a glory as the Sabbath. Never has it unfolded without some witness and welcome, some song and salutation. It has been the coronation day of martyrs — the first day of saints. It has been from the first day till now the sublime day of the church of God; still the outgoings of its morning and evening rejoice. Let us then remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
  • Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
    The bridal of the earth and sky.
  • Tell me how a professor spends his Sabbaths, and I will tell you in what state his soul is spiritually considered.
  • The longer I live the more highly do I estimate the Christian Sabbath, and the more grateful do I feel towards those who impress its importance on the community.

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